Lutes favorites for women's swim crown in 2017-18

Lutes favorites for women's swim crown in 2017-18

Rk.

Team (1st)

Pts.

’16-17 NWC Finish

’17 NCAA

1.

Pacific Lutheran (4)

50

2nd

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2.

Whitman (4)

47

1st

34th

3.

Linfield

35

4th

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4.

Puget Sound

33

3rd

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5.

Whitworth

26

5th

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6.

Lewis & Clark

19

6th

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7.

Willamette

15

7th

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8.

Pacific (Ore.)

7

8th

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(Points awarded on an 8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Coaches could not vote for their own teams.)

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Despite splitting the eight available first place votes with Whitman, the Pacific Lutheran women’s swim team were picked to win the Northwest Conference title, according to a poll of the eight conference coaches.

The Lutes, 2-0 entering week two of the NWC dual season, received four first place votes and 50 total points atop the coaches’ poll. Pacific Lutheran returns Victoria Nguyenle (So., Lynnwood, Wash.) and Danielle Booth (So., Everett, Wash, who both won NWC individual titles as freshmen, while adding freshman Kaycee Simpson (Fr., Graham, Wash.) to the fold after she was named the first NWC Women’s Swimming Student-Athlete of the Week this season.

Whitman, 1-1 after the first week of the dual season, received the final four first place votes available and were picked second with 47 points. The Blues return the reining NWC Freshman of the Year in Mara Selznick (So., Park City, Utah). Selznick won two individual NWC titles last season and advanced to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in the 200-yard backstroke.

Linfield will enter week two of the dual season 2-0, after being picked to finish third with 35 points. The Wildcats return co-NWC Swimmers of the Year from last season in Evette Dow (Jr., Salem, Ore.) and Kaedi Fry (Jr., Bellevue, Idaho). Fry and Dow, the reigning NWC Student-Athlete of the Week, both won two individual titles at the NWC Championships last season.

Puget Sound was picked fourth with 33 points and sits 2-0 after the first week of the dual season. The Loggers will look to Kayla DiMicco (Sr., Kirkland, Wash.) in 2017-18 after she finished the 2017 NWC Championships with five All-NWC Second Team honors.

Whitworth sits 1-1 after one week of NWC dual action and was picked fifth with 26 points. Back this season for the Pirates is Hannah Galbraith (So., Aloha, Ore.), who finished second in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke last season.

Lewis & Clark was picked sixth with 19 points and enters week two of the dual season 0-2. Kassie Kometani (Jr., Hawi, Hawaii) leads the Pioneers into 2017-18 after earning First Team All-NWC honors in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle last season.

Willamette was 0-2 after week one of duals and was picked seventh with 15 points in the coaches’ poll. Cassie Tallman (Jr., Seattle, Wash.) will lead the Bearcats into the new season after earning First Team All-NWC honors in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley, while also earning second team honors in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Pacific (Ore.) was slotted as the No. 8 team with seven points and enters the second week of the dual season 0-2. Kayla Knock (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) returns to the Boxers’ lineup after finishing seventh last season in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NWC Championships.

The Northwest Conference dual season continues this weekend, while the conference championships are set to begin on February 9th at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.